Barbecuing up Garlic, Lime, Cilantro Flank Steak on a Much Needed Weekend Away

A Little Steak and Chicken Pocket Pie

“Ummm, Mrs. Minns, I don’t think our camp starts until 10:30 am,” my 12-year old’s buddy says to me as I’m minutes away from dropping the two of them off at cooking camp. “Oh no, darlin’, it starts at 10am. I’m sure of it. I have it in my calendar.” It was the first week […]

Lighten Up Chili (i.e. Even in the Midst of Teenage Chaos There is Something to be Learned)


There I was in organizing bliss. Well, actually, scratch that. I was hyperventilating and covered in perspiration as I surveyed the boxes of games and puzzles with missing pieces and cried out in desperation, “Someone get me an Old Fashioned!” even though I don’t drink Old Fashioneds but my Granny always used to ask for […]

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Mexican Soup…the Perfect Meal at the End of a Long Ride Down the Highway


On a highway. In the middle of Mt. Hood National Forest. Our car was in park. The engine off. And even though there was a line of cars behind us, as far as I could see, in the same predicament, it was strangely quiet. Dark. The snow gently falling all around us. Those big luscious […]

Zesty Salsa…and a Gift For One of You


“This may quite possibly be, the craziest thing you’ve ever done before leaving on a trip.” (pause) “No…this IS the craziest thing you’ve ever done before leaving on a trip considering you need to be up by 4 am and you still haven’t packed.”I was listening to my handsome guy as I lowered my jars of “zesty salsa” into […]

A Grill, My Man and Some Caribbean Halibut


I glanced out at him. Sitting there on the back deck. So calmly. iPad in one hand. Tazo lightly sweetened iced tea in the other. And I thought to myself, “What is it about guys and grilling? Is it primal?” On any other night, should he be asked to come up with dinner, my sweetie will […]

Une Petite Pomme: The First Ever La Pomme de Portland Dinner Party


I simply must tell you about one of my dear, dear friends and an entertaining endeavor she took on. She recently had a dinner party. For three families. Including all offspring. Before I go any farther into her story, let me stop and ask you, “Aren’t you impressed with just these details I’ve given you?!” […]

Ginger & Garlic Stir-Fry to Mark a Moment in Time


I flip open the familiar sheet music, time and time again, pounding out the theme from The Young and The Restless Nadia’s Theme on the piano. Having recently watched Nadia score the first perfect 10 ever in gymnastics at the Montreal Olympics, I am just sure that will be me one day. As I play […]